SEVEN WAYS TO COLLECT PLANTS by Joan Elma Rahn

SEVEN WAYS TO COLLECT PLANTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How to make leaf prints (aim for a variety of leaf types, diagramed here) and Xerox copies (for fuzzy or waxy leaves that don't ink well); how to select ""already dry"" roadside plants for winter arrangements (with a rundown on de-hiscent and indehiscent dry fruits--in other words, ""those that split open and those that don't""); how to dry fresh leaves and flowers (using silica gel, sold in florist shops, or a homemade borax-cornmeal mix) or press them between newspaper sheets; how and what to transplant for a backyard ""live collection""; and finally some tips on ""collecting"" plants by taking photos of them (be sure to focus; hold the camera steady): Rahn ticks off a few nature craft procedures without much evident interest in the products-the art of arranging dried plants is scarcely mentioned, and what in the world do you do with xeroxes of leaves?--and though she throws in some common and exotic botanical snippets, she still ends up with a fairly skimpy arrangement.

Pub Date: March 10th, 1978
Publisher: Atheneum